Field Day June 22-23


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The public is welcome to join us for Amateur Radio Field Day at Keckley Rural Life Center at 2pm Saturday June 22  until 2pm Sunday June 23.


ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth
weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with
friends to operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
It is a time where many aspects of amateur radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will
treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an
excellent opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to the organizations that amateur radio might serve in an
emergency, as well as the general public. For many radio clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of
their annual calendar.

The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear
in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as
walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums โ€” these are all large,
preplanned, non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems โ€” or maybe because they
ARE so complex โ€” ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises
when it really matters. Amateur radio people (also called โ€œhamsโ€) are well known for our communications
support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

What is the ARRL?
Founded as The American Radio Relay League in 1914, ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio ยฎ
in the USA, representing over 170,000 FCC-licensed amateurs. ARRL is the primary source of information
about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs,
special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.
What is Amateur Radio

Often called โ€œham radio,โ€ the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, itโ€™s grown into
a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of
communications technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists
and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy
learning and being able to transmit voice, data, and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and
far, without depending on commercial systems.

The Amateur Radio Service frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you
as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and
modify their equipment but can create whole new ways to do things.
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Field Day Planning/Preperartion Schedule

7pm Monday June 17 - Meet at Station 720 to get things ready/staged to load up on Friday (stuff on the list). Configure wireless network logging software, computers and radios to talk with each other. If needed, we may meet again before Friday. 
1pm Friday June 22 - Meet at Station 720 to load up equipment to take to Keckley Rural Life Center. Set up equipment at Keckley Rural LIfe Center.